Enjoy a season full of family-friendly activities, shopping sales, and traditional holiday events in downtown Chapel Hill. www.downtownchapelhill.com/holidays
Shop Local, Shop DowntownStill have holiday gift buying to do? Do your shopping right here in your hometown, supporting local shops and our local economy. There are many unique, locally-owned and operated businesses downtown with gift buying options for everyone. If you need ideas, CLICK HERE. Our guest blogger Hannah P. takes you on a walk along Franklin Street to help you check everyone off your holiday gift-giving list! Or visit a listing of all our downtown shops at www.downtownchapelhill.com/shopping.
Holiday Window ContestDowntown Chapel Hill businesses are brightly lit and colorful; creating a vibrant holiday atmosphere as part of our annual Window Decorating Contest. Explore Franklin Street to see the windows and then vote for your favorite HERE.
Sunday, Dec 20 | 2 pm
Sing, hum, or clap along to your favorite seasonal tunes at the Ackland Art Museum's 3rd annual celebration in song during the monthly Family and Friends Day. All ages and musical abilities are welcome! Family and Friends Day is an interactive, art-filled day at the museum that takes place from 1-5 pm. Free. www.ackland.org
Free Kids HelmetIs Santa leaving a bike under the tree this year for a child you know? The Bicycle Chain is offering a free child's bike helmet with the purchase of every child's bike from now until December 24th. www.thebicyclechain.com
Open House at Midway Community Kitchen
Sunday, Dec 20 | 2 - 5 pmJoin Midway Community Kitchen, located at 505 W Rosemary St, for a fun, festive afternoon of celebrating the Winter Solstice; and you'll get the first look at the new business. Special guest chef appearance by Al Bowers of Al's Burger Shack will be there too!
Thursday, Dec 31 | 3 - 6 pmREGISTRATION IS OPEN! Now kids can enjoy ringing in the new year too at NIGHT LIGHTS at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. NIGHT LIGHTS offers activities, interactive games, and a kids' countdown under the stars in the fulldome theater to ring in the new year! Register at www.moreheadplanetarium.org.
The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale
Now ShowingMorehead Planetarium hosts The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale, a one-of-a-kind fulldome planetarium show that captures its audience with a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal. The story follows a young girl born into a family of nomadic storytellers, embarking on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon's nest. www.moreheadplanetarium.org
Naughty or Nice? at DSI
Dec 18 & 19 | 8:30 pmAre you naughty or nice? Join DSI for this Original Sketch Comedy Revue. Come watch, come laugh, come be redeemed in the sweet, salutary light of yule. For tickets visit: www.dsicomedytheater.com
Star Families Show
Saturday, Dec 19 | 3:30 pmExplore astronomy themes as a family! Learn about Greek myths, legends, and the constellations in the winter skies. Tickets and information at www.moreheadplanetarium.org.
Make Your Own Gingerbread House
Dec 22 & 23 | 2 pmThe Carolina Inn is hosting a children's Gingerbread House Making Class. Children will assemble and decorate a Gingerbread House complete with an apron, chef's hat and all the holiday sweets and goodies that their imaginations can hold. Reservations required. www.12daysevents.com
Winter Yoga Celebration
Sunday, Dec 20 | 10:45 amFranklin Street Yoga Center invites you to celebrate the Winter Solstice with a renewing and energizing free yoga class. www.franklinstyoga.com
Downtown Chapel Hill Bar Games LeagueDon’t stay inside all winter, join WAKA at some of Franklin Street’s best bars for fun games every Thursday night for 8 weeks from 7-9:30 pm; starts January 7. Play darts, skeeball, pool, trivia, Charades, Minute to Win It, pong, music bingo, and more. To register for WAKA's Chapel Hill Bar Games league, visit www.kickball.com/ncstar before Dec. 22, 2015.
Get Glam for the HolidaysReady for those holiday parties? Look and feel good after a day of beauty - the perfect way to start fresh in the new year. Downtown Chapel Hill's salons offer hair styling, makeup applications, mani/pedis and more - for men, women, and kids! For a list of our downtown salons, CLICK HERE.
Free Weekend Public ParkingShop local and shop downtown Chapel Hill for the holidays! The Town of Chapel Hill's parking specials mean free parking on Saturdays at all Town-owned parking lots and metered parking. After 5 p.m. normal rates will be charged. Public parking is always free on Sundays! Visit www.parkonthehill.com for a map and list of downtown parking options.
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